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Google learned how to write HTML

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

This morning I noticed that my Google crawler did not work, Scroogle failed, too. Well, Google has learned something: in HTML it is “<foo bar=”baz”>” and not just “<foo bar=baz>” (smart guys ;)), they changed their format and added quotes. That will probably increase network-traffic, accelerate global warming and cost millions of dollars, but for some reason they changed it, maybe better compatibility (only 36 validator errors!) – however, it broke Scroogle and my crawler. Scroogle has been fixed, my crawler has been fixed (by the way I have always been using tidy XHTML), everything is working again.

What is special about the number 36?

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

It is the smallest natural number which is not an element of the list of special numbers at the German Wikipedia. By the way: The smallest special number seems to be -2, while -0.5 seems to be the smallest value of a Unicode-digit (༳, u0f33, TIBETIAN DIGIT HALF ZERO).